Steve and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet. I lead the overall series, two years to one.
Last Week: Robledo (14-4); Ramirez (14-4).
Season: Robledo (96-32); Ramirez (91-37).
Last week: We missed three of the same games taking San Dimas over Baldwin Park, Ganesha over Gladstone and Walnut over Diamond Ranch. The Braves’ win was the most surprising, but not as surprising as the Mustangs blowing a 21-point lead against the Panthers. I also missed taking Pomona over Northview and Steve missed taking Rowland over West Covina, so not a bad week, both of us gong 14-4.
This week: The season arrives in full force with the start of the Serra, Sierra and a triple header of all triple headers, starting with Glendora at Etiwanda Thursday, Bishop Amat at home against Crespi Friday and Diamond Ranch and Rowland closing out on Saturday night at Ganesha. Let’s start right there, Glendora opens the Baseline with a win, Etiwanda is 2-4 and if the Tartans are going to compete for a playoff bid, this is one they have to have. Bishop Amat and Crespi is basically a toss-up, Calpreps projects it 34-31 Bishop Amat. With Alemany and Loyola on the road later, the Lancers have to win at home, and despite how many points the Celts are scoring, especially through the air, I still take defense over offense, so going with Bishop Amat. DRanch may have rocked Diamond Bar and was fortunate to beat Walnut, but they will not do the same to Rowland coming off a tough loss to West Covina. South Hills and Damien at the District is a great way to start the Sierra, and despite how bad the Huskies’ have looked against good teams, I’m taking them at home. Count me as one who doesn’t believe the Huskies are as bad as their record, and one that might even compete for a playoff spot. Chino Hills will beat Claremont, though it will be closer than you think and Charter Oak crushes Ayala to let everyone know not to count them out as one of the area’s top teams just yet.
Note: Steve Ramirez will update later
Etiwanda vs. Glendora at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Crespi at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (Crespi)
South Hills vs. Damien at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Chino Hills at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
Charter Oak at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Ramirez (ChOak)
Arroyo at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
San Dimas at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Bonita)
Azusa vs. Bassett at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Workman at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Gladstone at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Covina at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Northview at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Northview)
Gabrielino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Mountain View at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Ramirez (MView)
Duarte at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Ramirez (Ganesha)
Rowland vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)